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Based on W. C. Handy's 1915 composition Hesitating Blues. Some of the verses most likely come from a floating core of verses from the black oral tradition. Poole's rendition may be related to the one recorded by fellow North Carolina banjoist Fisher Hendley in 1926 (Okeh 46012) as Let Your Shack Burn Down. The other side of Hendley's record, Nigger, Will You Work?, shares some verses with Poole's 1927 recording of Coon from Tennessee. A1 Bernard, a popular recording artist with a voice not unlike Poole’s, recorded The Hesitation Blues for Okeh in 1928 (Rorer 92).

If the River Was Whiskey
Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers

If the river was whiskey and I was a duck
I'd dive to the bottom and I'd never come up.

Oh, tell me how long have I got to wait
Oh, can't I get you now, must I hesitate?

If the river was whiskey and the branch was wine
You could see me in bathing just any old time.

Chorus

I was born in England, raised in France
I ordered a suit of clothes, and they wouldn't send the pants.

Chorus

I was born in Alabama, 's raised in Tennessee
If you don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree.

Chorus

I looked down the road just as far as I could see
A man had my woman and the blues had me.

Chorus

I ain't no doctor but the doctor's son
I can do the doct'rin' till the doctor comes.

Chorus

Got the hesitating stockings, the hesitating shoes
Believe to my Lord I've got the hesitating blues.

Chorus

 


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